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Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “child soldiers

A Unique Commitment With a Powerful Champion

Posted on September 15, 2017

Yesterday’s story by Toronto Star’s Tonda McCharles on the possibility of Canada’s peacekeeping future being tied with the demilitarization of child soldiers could represent a clear departure for this country’s foreign agenda. Two key influencers have come together to move Canada in that direction. The first is the UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial forum to be held in Vancouver in November, and the second is the redoubtable General Roméo Dallaire.   The global forum, designed to gain pledges from the participating nations towards peacekeeping, will be interested in Canadian input since this country’s participation on that file has been under review for an extended time. Still, the idea of having a rapid deployment military unit that can move quickly and be trained on preventing the recruitment…

Kony, Dallaire, and the Future of Child Soldiers

Posted on March 14, 2012

As the KONY 2012 phenomenon slowly abates, lingering questions remain as to its effectiveness and the deeper issues that lie beneath the reality of child soldiers. The Huffington Post requested that I produce four blog postings in response the KONY 2012 debate. Link here to read the third post –  Canadian senator Romeo Dallaire has taken the long-term, systemic approach to bring about an international effort to eradicate the practice of recruiting child soldiers. In a time of KONY 2012, his thoughts are important in finding an effective way ahead.

More Important Than Bagging Kony

Posted on March 13, 2012

This week the Huffington Post asked that I write a few pieces on the Kony 2012 phenomenon. This – – is the second installment. While Kony 2012 introduced the war criminal to a large part of the world, many have asked for other ways to assist the former child soldiers of Ugandan. This piece gives you some options.

Now We Know Kony – Or Do We?

Posted on March 12, 2012

Here’s a link to my feature article on Kony2012 – – and the video phenomenon that has swept the world, only to bring on more scrutiny. International development is more essential today than ever, but will only prove successful if we enlighten as opposed to sensationalizing.

Click Here to Care

Posted on March 9, 2012

In the last 48 hours, my wife and I have field endless requests for guidance on the Kony 2012 phenomenon. We have worked in south Sudan for years, where Kony himself occasionally staged his operations, crossing the border into Uganda to launch his lethal raids. Thanks to the almost unprecedented success of the Internet video, the goal of its promoter – Invisible Children – has achieved success in turning Joseph Kony into a household name. But from that point on things become terribly blurred. Invisible Children wants you to know that Kony is a mass murderer, rapist, and confirmed war criminal, and they want you to help stop him by donating to the organization so that they can advocate Western governments, primarily the Americans,…